The Mount Ayr Record-News, 1931
TWO FATALLY INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH
Funeral services for Lloyd Wayne HARRIS, 25-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. HARRIS, of Redding were held at the Methodist
church in Redding Sunday afternoon at two o'clock, conducted by T. S. RHOADES, of Mount Ayr, and interment was made in the
Redding cemetery. Services at the grave were in charge of the American legion post of Grant City, Mo.
Mr. HARRIS and Miss
Kittie WIRT were fatally injured Wednesday afternoon of last week, when the motorcycle on which they were riding collided with
an automobile, driven by Henry RILING, on the top of the hill east of the C. E. NORRIS home as they were coming east on the
Iowa-Missouri state line. In the crash both Mr. HARRIS and Miss WIRT were thrown several feet from the wreckage.
of Redding, and two doctors from Grant City were summoned and acting upon their advice, the injured parties were taken at once
to the St. Joseph hospital, where Miss WIRT passed away at 10:30 that night and Mr. HARRIS about 2:30 Thursday morning. Both
sustained fractures of the skull, broken bones and several cuts and bruises.
Miss WIRT, of Russellville, Ark., had spent the
past two months in Redding at the home of her aunt, Mrs. J. S. MILLER. Accompanied by Mrs. MILLER, the body was taken to the
home in Russellville for burial. Miss WIRT is survived by her parents, one brother and one sister.
Mr. HARRIS, who for
several years had served in the U. S. Navy, was about to bring to a close his sixteen days' vacation with his parents and expected
to leave Thursday for Philadelphia, Pa., to resume his duties.
Mr. RILING sustained a severe cut on his left leg just below
the knee and suffered injuries about the chest.
The following obituary was read at the funeral services:
Lloyd Wayne HARRIS,
son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. HARRIS, was born at Redding, Iowa, January 6, 1906, and departed this life July 16, 1931, at the
Methodist hospital in St. Joseph, Mo., age 25 years, six months and ten days.
After graduating from the Redding high school
in 1924 he attended the Iowa State College [now Iowa State University] at Ames. He enlisted in the U. S. Navy in 1925 and upon
completing a course in Electrical Engineering, received several promotions on the U.S.S. New Mexico. He received the letter
"E" for efficiency.
He was on a 25-day leave of absence, visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. HARRIS, when the accident
occurred which caused his death. His second term of enlistment would have expired October 15, 1931. He then planned to continue
his work on the western coast.
He professed his faith in Christ at the age of ten years. He was a member of the Elks Lodge 888,
Long Beach, California. he was always known and loved for his kind disposition. He was a devoted son, continually thinking of the
comfort and happiness of his parents.
Those left to mourn his departure are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. HARRIS, one brother,
Cleo HARRIS, also in the U. S. Navy, who was unable to be present; his grandfather, James HARRIS, other relatives and a host of
friends.Card of Thanks.
We wish to thank our friends and neighbors for their kind deeds and words of
sympathy expressed at the death of our son and brother; also for the beautiful floral offering.--Mr. and Mrs. J. W. HARRIS and Cleo.
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